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June 2016
Road Warriors Rejoice - Best Tech Tips
New on the ACG Blog
MS Office Bootcamp
Lean Six Sigma Workshop Series Starts NOW!
Summer Travel Tips
FREE Webinars
Practice Management Series Concludes
Lunch & Learn - The Paperless Office
June Speaking Engagements
Worldox Newsletter Highlights
Word Tip of the Month - Tab Leaders
Newsworthy - Links of Interest (Road Warrior Edition)
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Road Warriors Rejoice! -  Best Tech Tips
- Scott Bassett, Esq.
You are a road warrior, even if you don't know it yet. Every lawyer works on client/firm business when out of the office. Some of us do it more than others. I do it full-time in my virtual appellate practice.
I know a very experienced family law attorney who swears she cannot get work done at the office. When she needs to focus on a motion or brief, or prepare for trial, she grabs her laptop and heads to her favorite coffee shop. Free from the distractions and interruptions of the office, she is more productive. 
There are other lawyers who have family responsibilities. Caring for young children or elderly parents frequently keeps them away from the office. Yet they still need to handle client business and keep their law practices running.
And all of us need to vacation occasionally. But the demands of running a small/medium law firm require we be productive even while traveling for pleasure.
This month, as summer travel season begins, we focus on tech tips for road warrior lawyers - those who choose to be and those who have no choice.
Attend our FREE Road Warrior/Virtual Law Office webinar on June 14 (see below) and win a ScanSnap Mobile Scanner.
To learn how to become a more proficient road warrior, contact us.
FREE Road Warrior - Virtual Law Practice Webinar
Win a ScanSnap Scanner!
On June 14 at 1pm we present our Road Warrior Panel: Secrets to Mastering the Virtual Law Office! webinar. Join Affinity partners Debbie Foster and Paul J. Unger, moderated by Affinity Newsletter Editor and Virtual Appellant Lawyer Scott Bassett, for this FREE 45 minute webinar.

One attendee will be selected at random to win a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 portable wireless document scanner. 

New on the Affinity Consulting Group Blog
Microsoft Office Bootcamp with Debbie Foster
- Word and Outlook Training on June 14, Bedford, NH
Affinity Managing Partner Debbie Foster continues her travels around the country this month and lands in beautiful Bedford, NH, on June 14. She is there for a very special Affinity Bootcamp to teach legal professionals how to better use Microsoft Word and Outlook.

This special Bootcamp is presented in two sessions:
  • 9am to11am - Word: Take advantage of Word's powerful automation and formatting features can help any lawyer serve their clients more efficiently.
  • 2pm to 4pm - Outlook: Your day is spent in Outlook. Get the most out of Outlook to better manage your day, your email, and your tasks.

To arrange for customized MS Office training for your law firm, contact us.
Lean Six Sigma Workshop Series Starts NOW!
- Weekly Workshop Webinar Series Starts June 1
You may have heard of Lean Six Sigma for other professions, like manufacturing. The reality is that this philosophy teaches critical tactics that can significantly reduce waste, while improving the value of your service to your clients, and improve your bottom line.

The weekly workshop series begins June 1. Affinity Partner Debbie Foster and Strategic Management Consultant Alison Lukan will guide you through an eight-week web-based seminar focused on improving the way you practice law. The series cost is $99 for an individual or $199 for a firm (group viewing only). If you can't attend the first (or any session), no worries. All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants. You can catch up at any time.
  • June 1 - Introduction to Lean Six Sigma & Why You Care! 
  • June 8 - Office Hours 
  • June 15 - Waste
  • June 22 - Office Hours 
  • June 29 - Power of Process 
  • July 6 - Office Hours 
  • July 13 - Factory of One 
  • July 20 - Office Hours and Closing Remarks 
Click HERE to register for the workshop series.
Summer Travel Tips
-Apps & Services to Make Your Trip Easier
We asked our road warrior consultants and administrative staff what makes travel better for them. They came up with some great suggestions:
  • FLIGHTVIEW - With Web, Android, and iPhone versions, this service lets you track upcoming and in-air flights, and receive status alerts via push notification. Check gate assignments, delays and cancellations.
  • SKYSCANNER - This web site compares millions of flights to find the cheapest tickets. It also compares and finds the cheapest hotels and car rentals.
  • GOOGLE TRANSLATE - If you travel beyond the English-speaking world, this web services and app (Android & iOS) handles cross-language translation into more than 100 languages. Notifies you when your emails get read or forwarded. It also scans printed words and translates instantly. Perfect for restaurant menus, venues and street signs!
  • TRIPIT - Simply forward your travel confirmation emails (airlines, hotels, rental cars, etc.) to TripIt and it will create a detailed master travel itinerary for you. You can access that itinerary from any device, including Android and iOS phones.
  • TRANSIT APP - If your summer travel takes you to New York City or any one of over 100 cities with public transportation systems, this app (on Android and iOS) will get you on the right train or bus and, more importantly, get you off at the right stop.  
If you have a travel tech problem to solve, contact us.
FREE Education and Software Skills Webinars 
- Enter to Win a ScanSnap Scanner by Attending Our June 14 Road Warrior Webinar
This month we have several FREE education and software skills webinars. You won't want to miss our June 14 Road Warrior webinar where you will have a chance to win a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 scanner. Here is our full June schedule of FREE webinars:

*Part of Affinity's New Beyond the 3Cs Webinar Series

If you have questions about training opportunities, contact us.
Practice Management Webinar Series Concludes This Month
-Part 3 on June 10
The first two of our three-part webinar series called The Case for Practice Management with Affinity Partner Steve Best and Orion Law Practice Management Systems Project Manager Kevin C. Harris are complete. You can see Part 1 and Part 2 now. Mark your calendar and register for:
Until then, be sure to read Steve Best's article on why Outlook or any Personal Information Manager (PIM) is not enough for effective practice management.

Have questions about practice management software? Contact us.
Lunch & Learn - The Paperless Office
-Atlanta, June 17        
Most lawyers feel they are being over-run with paper. This seminar maps out your journey to less paper in your law. Affinity Consulting Group and Network 1 team up to explain how tablets, copiers, scanners, PDF software and document management solutions can work together to reduce paper, lower operating costs and significantly improve efficiency.

Join us on June 17 a 11:30am at the Neiman Marcus Café, Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta for this exciting Lunch & Learn. Registration Fee: $35.

June Speaking Engagements
In addition to this month's webinars, our Partners and Consultants will be traveling from the Midwest to New England and the Mid-Atlantic states for speaking engagements in June

Highlights from our Worldox Newsletter
Our May 2016 Worldox email newsletter includes another great article by Affinity Partner Paul Unger on Scanning to Worldox Directly from your Existing Office Copier/Scanner.

If you have questions about Worldox or any aspect of document management, contact us.
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MS Word Tip of the Month - Tab Leaders
Tab leaders are useful. They fill the empty space before tab stops with dots, dashes, or underscores. Dot leaders are commonly used in the Table of Contents of briefs and other legal documents. This month we show you how to create Tab Leaders.

To arrange for Word training customized for your firm, contact us.
Newsworthy - Road Warrior Edition
Each month we bring you quick links to a variety of newsworthy items dealing with technology products, services, and other topics of interest to lawyers as they seek to better manage their practices. Last month we featured summer travel tips. This month we look at tips for Road Warrior lawyers who need to keep their practice going while they enjoy summer travel.     
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